Just as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for economic and racial justice, so do AFSCME members today. With strength and solidarity, we honor his legacy through action.
Let’s stand together to reaffirm our commitment to justice. We will Never Quit.
Thank you for honoring our union history
This month, tens of thousands of workers and their allies joined together in Memphis, Tennessee, for I AM 2018, a nationwide campaign to advance social and economic justice by drawing on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike.
Please join us. Even if you couldn’t travel to Memphis, you can take part in this historic moment.
Such a short but powerful statement says that you're not going to let powerful interests rob working families of their freedom to join strong unions. Your recording will be a part of a chorus of workers who know that the fight for freedom has only just begun.
Sisters and brothers: We need to speak up together to secure our future.
MAYVILLE, N.Y. – Thanks to the quick actions of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) member and Sherman Central School District bus driver David Tenpas, 12 students are safe after their school bus experienced mechanical problems.
On Jan. 4, Tenpas, a CSEA member since 2015, was on his morning bus route with the students on board when the bus began to malfunction. Tenpas noticed the vehicle’s brakes were experiencing problems and immediately pulled the vehicle over.
According to local media reports, smoke soon appeared in the bus. Tenpas safely removed the students from the bus before it erupted into flames. No one was injured in the incident.
“My training, experience and common sense just kicked in,” said Tenpas. “I did what I had to do.”
Sherman Central School District Superintendent Mike Ginestre credited Tenpas for his quick actions.
“[Tenpas] noticed the brakes were running hot,” Ginestre said. “He’s a talented driver and did an excellent job getting the students off and getting them safely to another bus.”
Ginestre said a second school bus was called to the scene once the mechanical problems arose. He said students were outside for only three minutes in single-digit temperatures before they were picked up and taken to school.
After the students left, the bus became engulfed in flames, Ginestre said in local media reports. Firefighters with a local volunteer fire department that includes in its membership CSEA members extinguished the fire.
“Ensuring students safety is our No. 1 priority,” said Ginestre. “I just want to commend the bus driver and others for being there and doing the right thing.”